Texas Federal Jurors Ordered Not to Wear Masks

By on October 13, 2020

As we’ve noted previously, Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has been one of the judges most intent in carrying on. Judge Gilstrap’s current procedure requires jurors and attorneys at counsel table to wear only face shields, not masks. In contrast, in the Western District of Texas, Judge Alan Albright in Waco permits jurors to wear masks. So far, there have not been reports of litigants or jurors using these procedures to make mischief, but the opportunity seems to be there.

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